When I ask the question, why do you want to get fit and healthy? 90% of my clients answer includes:
To have more energy and not feel tired and fatigued anymore.
I’ve always understood it, but I’ve always wondered, as someone whose already extremely healthy, why I always feel tired and fatigued..
It doesn’t matter how many hours of sleep I get, I don’t remember the last time I woke up feeling recharged. I don’t remember the last day I didn’t feel completely drained.
It’s kind of ironic, really. The fact that I know how to help clients change aspects of their diet and lifestyle to feel more recharged, and I’m over here seeing doctors the past several years, taking every variety of prescribed and natural sleep aid, and trying different types of mindful medications and oils to relax, sleep and not feel drained.
I’ve had blood drawn, been prescribed therapy sessions, seen regular doctors, OBYN Docs, natural doctors and all have said I’m fine.
So I’m a hypochondriac, huh?
This along with other symptoms.. And if I’m being completely transparent, the other symptoms include results of an irregular menstrual cycle, again brought me back to the doctor.
This time I was at the Women’s Health Center in Waco telling the doctor about my concerns and history.
I’m not exaggerating when I say, I had to ask this lady 3 times to book me for an ultrasound before she budged. She explained that if they were to even find anything they wouldn’t be able to do anything about it and I don’t have signs and symptoms pointing toward any disease or disorder.
Okay that’s great.. But please schedule me so I have clarity.
Two weeks later I’m laying on the technicians bed watching as she clicks buttons, changes screens and draws circles around these large pear shaped blobs.
What seemed like an hour, was only ten minutes that we were alone in this silent room watching the same screen. The whole time I was thinking about my future, my dreams of having beautiful blue eyed blonde babies and how I’d much rather her tell my those blobs were babies than tell me I can’t have kids at all. During this deafening silence I was trying to stop the tears that kept welling up in my eyes and I continued a silent prayer.
When she finally spoke she said, “Let me see if the doctor has a room available for you.”
Tears, again, welled up in my eyes, I was terrified.
Several minutes later the doctor explains to me that I have Poly cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) along with 10-15% of the female population.
PCOS is when a female body doesn’t ovulate regularly so the eggs ferment in her ovaries causing fluid sacs (Cysts) to form. Often times these cysts rupture, which is extremely painful and may require surgery. Luckily, I am not in any pain.
Symptoms of PCOS include:
Fatigue & tiredness
High blood sugar
Depression and mood swings
“I didn’t suspect you would have PCOS because the typical patient with this condition is overweight or obese and likely diabetic. You are extremely healthy and active so many of these symptoms are not occurring..” Doc.
When she said this I about cried. Yes, I’m healthy and active and I still have health issues.
However, If I didn’t treat my body right, PCOS would have likely caused weight gain, diabetes, high blood sugar and hypertension.
Because I am at a healthy weight, my body isn’t suffering from this condition.
To the person who is discouraged from a week of no physical progress, such as the number on the scale or the slack on the measuring tape; remember what you’re doing for your body.
To the person who is overweight or obese and just can’t find the motivation to get healthy; have this be it.
By getting yourself healthy you are increasing the longevity of your life. You are decreasing your risk for disease. You are decreasing your chance of acquiring cardiorespiratory disease, hypertension, or diabetes. You are decreasing the chance of having symptoms from a metabolic or genetic disease you already have..
So next time you are discouraged.. remember that. Think about the fat that is burning off your visceral organs. Think about your risk of disease decreasing.
Remember what matters most is the longevity of your life, not how you look in a bikini.